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Serena wants Murena mixed doubles team name

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams is enthusiastic about her high-profile mixed doubles partnership with Andy Murray but she is not so sure about their name.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 6, 2019 Britain's Andy Murray during his first round mixed doubles match with Serena Williams of the U.S. against Chile's Alexa Guarachi and Germany's Andreas Mies REUTERS/Hannah McKay

After the celebrity pair’s first-round Wimbledon win over Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi last week, Murray tweeted: “Well that was fun... #SerAndy”

But Williams told reporters on Monday she was not sure about SerAndy: “I like Murena. My vote is still for Murena,” she said.

Williams is happy there is so much attention on the partnership at Wimbledon where Murray is a local hero after twice winning the men’s title.

“It’s great. I definitely have been really enjoying the mixed doubles, this pairing. Quite frankly, it’s pretty cool. It’s pretty awesome.”

The 37-year-old American, who is still on course for her 24th Grand Slam singles title after beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals, said she was also pleased she had learned to avoid hitting the ball on the wrong side of the net.

She dropped a point against the Spaniard after leaning over to put away a volley.

“I definitely didn’t realise it was a rule,” said Williams, who has been playing Grand Slam tennis for 21 years.

“I feel like I may have done that before like in doubles, so...I’m glad, because I don’t want to make that mistake in our Murena doubles match.”

The celebrity pair meet 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo in the mixed doubles second round.

Reporting by Clare Lovell, editing by Ed Osmond

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